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Gravity's light-bending effect seen in the dance of distant stars

According to Einstein's general theory of relativity, the gravity from huge objects like stars and galaxies can curve the fabric of spacetime, to the …

How many of Goodreads’ “Books That Everyone Should Read at Least Once” have you read?

There are just some books that everyone should read at least once in their lives. Some are beloved books from childhood, like <i>Green Eggs and Ham</i> and</i> …

Why parents need to teach kids that the lines between right and wrong are blurry

I sat in the dark, nearly silent movie theater watching <i>Arrival</i> with my 7- and 11-year-old sons. When the crew first encounters aliens, one character drops the F-word. I leaned over and whispered in Owen’s ear.<p><i>If you are surprised by aliens, I guess you can use that word.</i><p>I’m not much of a swearer, …

Parenting

Doing this simple stretch when you wake up can give you more energy

Tim Sitt, author of "Move Or Die: How the Sedentary Life is Killing Us and How Movement, Not Exercise, Can Save Us," explains a simple morning stretch that can give you more energy throughout the day. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>Spread your feet about 3 feet apart and you're going to</i> …

Yoga

Dutch kids aren’t stressed out: What Americans can learn from how the Netherlands raises children

UNICEF rated Dutch children the happiest in the world, and American kids aren’t even in the top 25. Here’s why<p>Two toddlers have just chased each other to the top of a jungle gym while their mothers are lost in conversation on a nearby park bench. A gang of older children in tracksuits comes racing …

High School

The End of the Universe as We Know It

What if the world around us is just a shadow of reality? Imagine, for example, that you wake up one cold winter morning and look out your window to find that the view is completely obscured by beautiful ice crystals, forming strange patterns on the glass. You might see something like the image …

Physics

You Can Make Your Home Look Expensive Without Spending Big—Here's How

Unless you're a seasoned interior designer, making décor decisions can be a daunting process: <i>How high should these curtains be hung? How big should</i> …

Your child is not your confidant

Many well-meaning parents tend to overshare what’s going on in their personal lives with their kids — whether it’s by telling them about their most recent conflict at work or complaining about issues at home with their partner.<p>But according to psychologists, continuously confiding in your child can …

Parenting

5 Reasons You're Mentally Tougher Than You Think | Inc.com

If you're feeling in need of a pep talk, you could turn to your best friend or a coach. Or you could just take a look at the scientific literature on potential. A host of studies insist that we generally underestimate our own creativity, persistence, and persuasiveness.<p>In short, science says you …

Self-improvement

How My Parents Inadvertently Raised Me To Be An Entrepreneur

The lines in the sand that many parents draw between work and home in the struggle to balance the two may deprive kids of useful lessons.<p>My brother and I are incredibly different people. I always loved school; my brother just wanted it to be over. My highest level of education is a law degree, and …

Work-life Balance

5 Valuable Self-Care Habits Every Single Girl Should Do

Conversations about dating usually center on the elusive person you're hoping to meet, but according to Yvonne Williams Casaus, counselor and author …

Interesting Photo of the Day: Great White Shark Breaching at Sunset

Wildlife photography can involve an element of danger or surprise from the unpredictability of animals in their natural habitats. In this case, ocean …

How to improve anything you write in 2 minutes

Following are the simplest tips I can give you to easily — and forever — improve the quality of your writing.<p>Delete the word "that"<p>The word "that" can be removed from your writing at least 90% of the time, and it will instantly make your sentence stronger.<p><b>Example:</b> "You believe that I'm lying, but …

Writing

A Simple Mindfulness Strategy That Literally Reconfigures Your Brain to Let Go of Negativity

In the center of everyone’s being is a place of pure peace. But as we go through life, we tend to be taken away from this deep sense of self as a …

10 Quotes from Steve Jobs That Are Guaranteed to Make You See the World Differently

Change happens every day. The person we woke up as yesterday is not necessarily the person we will be tomorrow. The only thing that remains constant …

5 Surprising Things That Have Broken the Speed of Sound

<b>by Kenny Hemphill</b><p>You might already know that in 1947, U.S. test pilot Chuck Yeager was the first person to break the sound barrier in a Bell X-1 …

Carolyn Hax: Grandma treats boy like a toy

<i>Dear Carolyn: My mother-in-law treats my son like a toy that (not who) is there to amuse her on her terms and show off to her friends. My husband and I are trying to raise our child to respect others and be attuned to others’ feelings, but how do we do this when Grandma defies all of that,</i> …

Grandparents

20 Profound Quotes From Eckhart Tolle That Will Help You Let Go of Your Ego and Embrace Every Moment in Life

Eckhart Tolle is a German-born resident of Canada, best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s Purpose. In …

Everyone Know Teens Are Reckless, Now We Can Explain Why

Science proves what we all knew: It’s a combination of believing they’re invincible and just not caring about the consequences of their actions.<p>In a truly shocking new study, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development confirmed that teens are reckless idiots, and that they don’t …

A Simple Mindfulness Technique That Literally Rewires Your Brain To Be More Present

There is a mindfulness strategy to master the habit of attaining focus and becoming present for every moment, which leads to experiencing a higher …

Creativity Frozen? How to Start Writing Again After a Long Hiatus

A confession: I stopped writing fiction for two months recently--the first time I have ever stumbled to a complete halt. Why? The usual reasons:<p>1. THE ELECTION. I couldn't focus on fiction when truth seemed so much stranger.<p>2. HOLIDAYS. Let's admit it: for women writers, holidays are time and brain …

Writing

The One Mindfulness Technique That Will Improve Your Conversations Forever

Listening seems like a natural skill that we all can do, however not everyone remains present the whole time someone is talking. In fact, our minds …

40 Awesome Ways to Be an (Even) Better Leader | Inc.com

You're a good leader. You run a good organization. You have a good product and a good brand. You have good customer service. Your sales are good. You have good people on your team and a good culture. So if everything is so good, why are you unsatisfied?<p>My bet is that you have finally arrived at the …

Leadership

How Constraints Force Your Brain To Be More Creative

When we have less to work with, psychologists have found that we actually begin to see the world differently.<p>For decades, the dominant view among psychologists was that constraints served as a barrier to creativity. Anybody who spends a short time working under a confining bureaucracy, dealing with …

Creativity

Beyond Orwell: 11 Illuminating Quotes From the Canon of Dystopia

George Orwell is suddenly, understandably en vogue — <i>1984</i> spiked on Amazon and then sold out, his scathing 1940 review of <i>Mein Kampf</i> has been dredged up, and reading groups are springing up like toadstools, eager to discuss the ways language can be manipulated by would-be tyrants in order to suppress …

How To Develop An Entrepreneur Mindset

This curated column is authored by serial entrepreneur and blogger,The post How To Develop An Entrepreneur Mindset appeared first on iamwire.

Entrepreneurship

How To Quit Your Social Media Addiction (Even If It’s Part Of Your Job)

If social media is killing your productivity or making you depressed, it can be life-changing to cut back. Here’s how.<p>Conventional wisdom says that Max Soni should be all over social media. He’s the founder of DotComSEO, a digital marketing and search engine optimization company that, among other …

Social Media

4 Ways to Become a Better Parent, According to Science

Every parent asks it at some point: <i>What is going on in my kid’s brain?</i><p>And if you don’t understand kids it can be hard to give them what they need to …

Kids

These Amazing Illustrations For Parents Is Definitely What Parents Should Read Today

We live in a busy world. Sometimes owing to work and other pressures, its very easy to overlook a few things. We designed this illustrations to help …

Dating experts explain polyamory and open relationships

<i>This article is part of a series aimed at helping you navigate life’s opportunities and challenges. What else should we write about? Contact us:</i> <i>smarterliving@nytimes.com</i><i>.</i><p>Open relationships are one of those concepts that can inspire confusion.<p>To start, they are not the same thing as polygamy (that’s …

Relationships